> >> In our school district there is no such thing as a second teacher. > >> We are expected to deal with any and all situations ourselves. > >> After all, we are "professional, trained, and in some people's minds > >> overpaid" for what we are doing. Ditto in the school in which I work. LD/ED resource teachers work in classes of not more than 9. ED teachers have aides as well but the same students may be mainstreamed in classes in which no assistance is given to the "regular" classroom teacher. Over the years I have had classes with as many as 12 out of 30 students with active IEPs and absolutely no assistance from a "specialist". The worst example was the year I had a seventh period class with 8 LD program participants one student with a Braille writer and another in a wheel chair necessitated by spina bifida. No help, just me during the last period of the day. It was not fun and many of the regular kids were grossly shortchanged as we progressed rather slowly through the program of studies out of necessity. Did I register my objections? You bet. Answer though was to get certified in special education then I could have smaller classes. I don't think this is what the inclusion advocates would propose but its real world not ivory tower.